Kolkata, Oct 8: A prominent Maoist leader rejected Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's request to Maoists to abjure violence and take the path of democracy.
Moreover, he said that the Naxals would continue the arms struggle.
"There will be arms in the hands of the people's liberation army as long as the state uses arms to throttle the voice of the people," said Kisenji, in a telephonic interview.
"The polit bureau of the CPI(Maoist) rejects the government's proposal to lay down arms and sit for talks."
He added, "the state should stop killing its own people and only then we will lay down arms."
Kisenji further said that over one lakh para military personnel were deployed in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh against Maoists.
The Maoist leader also responded to Chidambaram's statement that IAF would protect its helicopters and pilots from Maoists.
"We know that the IAF and the ground forces will come down heavily in Chhattishgarh. We are ready," he said.